Chobits - Not bad 7/10
Haha I saw that coming. You reallllllly don't like it do youGundam: Reconguista in G
As strange as it may seem, whenever I go into an anime with a pretty bad critical reception, I try to be as optimistic as possible. My taste doesn't always line up with general consensus, both in terms of me liking shows that didn't exactly blow people away, or outright despising shows that managed to garner critical acclaim. So, when I finally got around to watching Gundam: Reconguista in G, I honestly went in wanting to like it. For those who don't know, Reco G is probably the worst received show in the franchise since its conception in the late 70's, with even the writer and director, Yoshiyuki Tomino, openly admitting it was a flawed series and apologizing for it. Despite all of this, and a shocking 5.8 on MyAnimeList, I was almost certain I'd be that one guy fighting in it's corner, being the optimist I am. However, after sitting through the full 24 episodes, I can say with utmost certainty that it deserves every single bit of criticism it gets.
Even though I hated it by the end, I was duped into thinking I actually would like it, as the initial 10 or so episodes are rather enjoyable. It's opening is rather different from the tried and true Gundam formula, which I find to be a bit tiresome, and is more upbeat and playful in nature than the others I've seen. My good will soon evaporated after the first half though, around the time the show moves its setting to being primarily in space, as it's at this point the story becomes the most convoluted and hard to follow mess that I have ever witnessed. By the end, I honestly couldn't tell you what was happening, what characters were on what side, what they were fighting for or what the point of literally anything was. It is just nigh impossible to follow, to the point where I have to question how this got to broadcast. It baffles me that someone read through this and decided it was fit to air. It's just astonishing. All the action is pretty great, I will give it that, but without context, it's utterly meaningless, which makes it inherently boring because there's just no investment there.
Speaking of lack of investment, the characters don't do Reco G any favours either. Whilst I'm not sure bland is the right term to use, they are pretty much all lacking in any kind of depth or development throughout the series, and I found it hard to latch on to anyone. It's not like there wasn't any opportunity to develop the leads Bellri and Aida, I think the plot easily allows for it, but it just doesn't act on any of the plot revelations to add to them. For example, there is this shocking waste of potential rather early on when Bellri does something that, at first, seems to seriously impact him and makes him regretful, but by the next episode, he's right as rain, as if nothing happened at all. It was incredibly frustrating to see. Then there are characters who are straight up pointless. Noredo Nug is Bellri's friend, but throughout the entire series, she does quite literally nothing of value. You could take her out of the anime completely and you would barely even notice. Aside from acting as a plot device in the early episodes, you could say the exact same thing about Raraiya too, who, whilst entertaining at first, becomes incredibly dull after she recovers from her bout of amnesia and doesn't do much of note.
As I briefly mentioned before, from a technical standpoint, Reco G is actually great, with some genuinely fantastic animation in the battle sequences as well as some stellar voice acting from the Japanese cast, but its all wasted when everything else about the show is so incredibly flawed, it's kind of sad really.
If I were to sum up my feelings on Gundam: Reconguista in G in a single word, it would definitely be disappointing. There was definitely promise from the outset, but it's all squandered on an incredibly over complicated story that is genuinely impossible to follow.
Couldn't agree more definitely my all time fave anime and definitely one I'd watch over and overToradora!
Very comedic but knew when to hit the emotional beats, Taiga was an amazingly unique female protagonist and Cassandra Lee Morris knocked it out the park. Guess the only complaint is I wanted a bit more from the ending but a solid 9/10. Feel like the re-watchability is gonna high like most comedy shows I watched. Good stuff.
I found myself rewinding back in the episodes themselves and so when that happened I knew the re-watchability is gonna be high! It's definitely up there as one of my favourite anime series.Couldn't agree more definitely my all time fave anime and definitely one I'd watch over and over
In This Corner of the World is as much a celebration of life and the beauty that it entails as it is a story about the resilience of the people when faced with times of hardship and uncertainty. Set during World War II, the story of Suzu, a girl whom over the course of the two hour runtime grows and matures before our very eyes, and as she does a connection is formed between the viewer and her. Although we witness her grow as she is faced with misfortune, her desire to dream and stay positive remains a constant as she paints and draws the scenery around her as a means to escape the realities of war but to also appreciate the beauty that surrounds her in Kure, amongst the steep hillsides and adjacent to the inland sea which is adorned with warships. Suzu is 18 at the start of the film, a fact that may surprise a few people as the character designs are both playful and childlike. As you adjust to this stylistic choice however, a style that faithfully recreates the designs of Fumiyo Kouno's manga do we begin to realise just how effective this style is. There's a sense of maturity and care that graces each and every frame as 1940's Japan is brought to life and it's this juxtaposition that works together to conjure up a blend of levity and seriousness that makes for a huge punch to the gut.
Have you watched Redial OVA? Its a better endingFuture Diary 7 - 8ish/10
I did really like this series, it has an interesting premise to begin with and wraps it up in quite a thriller angle, it does have a central romance but the way it gets there I'd say is the start of the faults with the series. Dues Ex Machina, the God of space and time grows weary, and decides to find a succesor. Enter yuki, an average high school student with an inusual habit of keeping a more objective diary on his phone. Dues gives Yuki the diary entries he would have written the next day, he then meets yuno, who seems to be stalking him and finds himself on the run from a local serial killer. After the two dispose of the serial killer, Dues reveals to yuki and 10 others that they all now have diaries written 90 days in advance, and the catch is that their existence is tied to the diaries, the serial killer is the first contestant to die in a survival game with the prize as godhood. Yuki must survive the brutal efforts of 9 others with the aid of a girl who's clinically obsessed with him.
I'm just gonna put the flaws up for now, the romance with the central couple doesn't really work when the creep factor has been at 11 a lot of the time, and even after someone find an inherent weakness that all diaries share, they still use the diaries like it's gospel, which leads to some dumb diary vs diary fights and stupid decisions, particularly in the second half. the twist is a little different to other series of it's type though, making for a bit of a melancholic ending.
Once again, I was going to give this about 7/10 tommorrow, after scolding myself with hot tea in the morning